--Joan Bennett, The Bennett Playbill
Is this an example 1950s-era chauvinism? Probably. But, it also mattered on which direction of the camera Mr. and Mrs. Wanger found themselves. Image was then (and is now) of utmost importance to that magical elixir that transforms an actor or actress into box office gold. Yet, it does not seem fair that though Bennett and Wanger were living in the same home, only hers was made of glass.
The copy of The Bennett Playbill that Joan Bennett signed to her The Woman in the Window director, Fritz Lang, is available via James Pepper Rare Books, Santa Barbara, California.
Joan Bennett was from a theatrical family five generations-deep, whose fortunes were entwined with another famous—albeit notorious—theatrical family: that of John Wilkes Booth. A daughter she had by Wanger—Shelley Wanger Mortimer—defied the family legacy, steering clear of acting. Instead, she became an editor (currently at Penguin Random House) and has been lauded as "one of the most respected, serious editors in New York."